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Flag Day

Some thoughts on Flag Day. It is this coming Saturday. There was a time in our history when our flag was empty of experience. It had the symbolism of a United people and the expectation of greatness, but we were a young country and as yet had little collective history. The United States wasn’t even a year old when Continental Congress adopted the design on June 14th, 1777. But now as we celebrate Flag Day this week, we remember that our flag is much more…

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Hot and Hotter

I thought I’d try something today to get a little relief from the heat. I wrote a paragraph in the freeze of last winter to describe the cold. I looked it up and re-read it to see if I could feel a little cooler. Here it is from wintertime. “This day is a draining, shivering cold. There is a frigid thunk to the wind chimes on the porch, not the usual resonate ring of atoms in easy motion. The chime sound is tight, quick and…

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Black and White

There is a tendency for some in our society to lump people into groups, cultures, and races, and even religions and then judge them only because of their color and their religion If you take time to see individual accomplishments, great or small, collective lumping, under the banner of different or regional prejudice, appears foolish. Every time you turn on a light think of Lewis Latimer. He improved the electric lamp. Norbert Rillieau was special. He helped revolutionize sugar refining. Andrew Beard invented the automatic…

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D-Day

It is an anniversary today. A terrible remembrance of sacrifice and courage. It is D-day, June 6th, the storming of the beaches in Normandy, France in an operation called “Overlord”. I was there on the June 6, 1999 anniversary with six veterans who had not been back since they fought and crawled on those beaches in 1944. “Lest we forget.” © 1999 Rolland G. Smith It was the day and the month the warriors returnedTo the place where many died, the dawn the beaches burned.The…

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